Does such a breed exist?
I'm not planning on getting a new dog at the moment. My life is in too much flux. But I am starting the process of looking for my next dog. My next dog will be trained to assist me as I have hearing issues that are getting worse and I am looking to go back to school so I will want help with that as well as sensory integration issues that cause me to 'overload' and zone out. The dog will be trained to help me get out of an area with a hand signal. I also love dog sport and will likely do flyball, agility or canine freestyle with this dog, depending on which clubs I like in the new area I'm moving to.
I'm a high energy person who is moving from Canada to Texas, so I'm really not sure what breeds would be best in that kind of climate. Here is my wish list!
1) 20-40 lbs.
2) Able to be taught tasks such as pawing or nosing when my name is called, when a baby cries, when a car horn blares
3) Able to recognize when I've been still too long and nudge me then and/or help me get to an escape route.
4) Athletic enough to keep up with an active human who is interested in dog sport
5) Should go without saying, maybe, but biddable. I don't wanna be fighting the dog to want to do what I want.
6) Voice must be non-screechy. So no mini schnauzers or any of those voiced terriers.
7) Heat tolerant.
8) Prefer a coat that is soft to the touch or a nice flat coat like a hound.
9) Would prefer a dog that's not overly social but that isn't massively territorial either.
10) Prefer a dog that is relatively good with children, provided good socialization occurs.
11) Purely aesthetic and not necessary, but I tend to like dogs that are either very leggy (danes, italian greyhounds) or very stub-legged (corgis, vallhunds).
12) Dog must have a face. I prefer dogs with a decent amount of snout.
13) Durable and healthy--minimal known health issues within the breed.
14) Preferably not too stunningly beautiful. I have a Dane now and flashy dogs are not my thing because they attract douchecanoes.
15) I LOVE pit-types but because of rental restrictions where I am moving to it would make it very hard for my partner and I to find housing, so I would prefer to avoid pit-types, as much as it breaks my heart to be moving to a place where they're legal and not get one.
Edit to add: And I should add that I want my dog to be incredibly happy with my lifestyle. My dane has never been able to keep up with me, even when he was a baby.
Last edited by Not a Tailor; 09-06-2013 at 11:34 AM.